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Peoria, Illinois

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Peoria is the largest city on the Illinois River and the county seat of Peoria CountyTemplate:GR, Illinois. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 112,936. A special census was conducted in 2004 which noted a 5,000 increase in city population, mainly in the northwest corridor. The metropolitan area has a population of 367,000 which consists of Peoria, Tazewell, Woodford, Stark, and Marshall counties. The city of Peoria is home to Bradley University,the world headquarters for Caterpillar Inc. and the National Center for Agricultural Research - USDA It features a federal courthouse, several thousand acres of parks, three hospitals, and a medical school.

Peoria has become famous as a representation of the average American city, because of its demographics and its preceived mainstream Midwestern culture. On the Vaudeville circuit, it was said that if an act would succeed in Peoria, it would work anywhere. The question "Will it play in Peoria?" has now become a metaphor for whether something appeals to the American mainstream public, and Peoria is often used as a test market for new products.

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Geography

Peoria is located at 40°43'15" North, 89°36'34" West (40.720737, -89.609421)Template:GR.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 120.8 km² (46.6 mi²). 115.0 km² (44.4 mi²) of it is land and 5.8 km² (2.2 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 4.78% water.

Peoria is bounded on the east by the Illinois River except for the enclave of Peoria Heights. Four bridges run directly between the city and neighboring East Peoria. On the south end of Peoria's western border are Bartonville and the newly established city of West Peoria. Local municipal plans indicate that the city intends to continue its expansion northwest, into an area unofficially considered part of Dunlap, Illinois.

Demographics

As of the censusTemplate:GR of 2000, there are 112,936 people, 45,199 households, and 27,345 families residing in the city. The population density is 982.1/km² (2,543.4/mi²). There are 49,125 housing units at an average density of 427.2/km² (1,106.3/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 69.29% White, 24.79% African American, 0.20% Native American, 2.33% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 1.20% from other races, and 2.16% from two or more races. 2.51% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 45,199 households out of which 29.0% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.6% are married couples living together, 15.5% have a female householder with no husband present, and 39.5% are non-families. 33.2% of all households are made up of individuals and 11.7% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.38 and the average family size is 3.04.

In the city the population is spread out with 25.7% under the age of 18, 12.0% from 18 to 24, 27.2% from 25 to 44, 20.8% from 45 to 64, and 14.2% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 34 years. For every 100 females there are 89.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 85.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $36,397. The per capita income for the city is $20,512. 18.8% of the population are below the poverty line.

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    • Peoria GIS Consortium (http://www.peoriagis.com/) has aerial photos with street and building information for the entire county


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